Short Movie Roundup 4th July 2021

Technically this list should be about freedom as its the 4th of July a holiday that gets pushed aside more and more each year as we learn about what real freedom means… So I have just done my regular mix of Youtube and riveting shot movies…

Gutterwitch

Libby sells charms and spells to drug runners and dealers, her unique magical charms work in a similar way as Adolfo de Jesús Constanzo, she allows them to know which deals are dodgy and how to traffic, however it all goes awry when her sister turns up on her doorstep, proving that the witch has to look to her past before she can move on.

Harry Baker keeps his camera active as it follows Libber and her two helpers, it feels like a Found Footage movie as he bounces around rooms and hovers over shoulders. You’ll often find yourself holding a pensive breath as the tension rises through Libbiy’s spell crafting and once her sister makes an appearance and Libby begins to lose control over her powers there’s an epic shift in mood. The Sisters’ warning changes the soundtrack from new age to techno, the cool blue hues shift to a violent seedy red and the film ends with a bang.

It’s not clear what Harry  is trying to suggest magic has done to this girl but it’s clear that she’s been through some kind of trauma and is spiraling in and out of control. What a brilliant character study and terrible journey.

The Quiet 

There’s never going to be an accurate outbreak movie which is going to be easy on the psyche, and this mini masterpiece from Mateo Marquez really hits you where it hurts.

While listening to the radio and recalling scenes where he’s had to excuse and cleanse people a young African American male returns home, but what he has to face will only add to his nightmares. 

A chilling tale which comes at a poignant time, as we’re attempting to come out of a global pandemic, we can all relate to ideas of infections and shielding, but aren’t we lucky it didn’t go down like this.

With hints of The Road, 28 Weeks later and other infected themed movies, the short film asks it’s audience to emphatically put themselves in the shoes of the survivors, it’s ominous and a very heartfelt stroke of genius.

Witches on Tinder

Ha!  This short animation by Worthikids is just a quick piece of funny brilliance. I have to admit I’d love to have these witches.. Hey kid, will you give me some blood? I got a date!

Colour of your Lips 

A really riveting story, told through amazing cinematography as the cast are mostly silent. A diver returns to the surface but is unable to breath, taking his catch and re-plugging into his oxygen he begins to walk along the road, noticing nothing but corpses along the way. Eventually he stumbles on a woman who’s cradling her dead partner, but she’s also hooked up to a tank of oxygen and has survived whatever has occured because of her “condition” which I think is her morbid obesity. Either way the two pair up and head into town to look for survivors.. but what will they make of each other and the crazy end of the world situation?

With the leads being hooked up to oxygen they can’t say much but take a light hearted approach to the end of the world. The use of slow motion and the fact an audience is starved of sound, all focus is on all of the movement of the fated duo, it feels like a music video, you can’t help but feel everything with them. Annick Blanc made a decision that the film is silent apart from music so you don’t even hear much atmospherics apart from breathing or the clicking of oxygen tanks, only breathing is audible. 

An engrossing and charming story that suggests a culture of excess is destroying its own oxygen levels, as well as looking deep into human condition and no matter how giving we are, at some point the need to survive will take over. it’s not exactly an arty WaZ it’s miles away from that but if you were faced with a similar situation, where would your choices take you.

is just a quick piece of funny brilliance. I have to admit I’d love to have these witches.. Hey kid, will you give me some blood? I got a date!

The Sound

This delightful short is an adaptation of an Edgar Allen Poe story, can you guess which one from the title? I have to admit that it’s great to see Poe updated and turned into something more contemporary and disconnected. Usually the films are leveled with so much “iconic” symbolism and are so settled in checking out each and every original detail that it’s so obvious. but Waterhouse Films really step back and approach the story in a fresh and riveting way.

A man, alone in his remote house, begins to notice a noise, something that increases in volume and torments him.  Late into the night and early into the morning he searches for the ticking.. 

Through it’s somber tones we begin to realise what the noise is, and you’ll not guess it at first, I don’t think anyone will get this right, if you do then message me peeps cos you’re a genius and I need your help with a puzzle or two. I shouldn’t really make light of the ending cos it’s chilling AF but I have to get my mind off of it.

Odd Girl 

Set in a small town, high school student Dylan becomes worried when his popular best friend starts getting followed incessantly by the odd girl out. Her admiration seems harmless and innocent to his friend, but Dylan isn’t so sure…

Set in a small American town this teen drama plays out like Unfriended in a way, a popular girl becomes the centre of attention of the “odd girl” at first her attempts to be friendly are brushed aside and laughed at but Dylan, beings to pick up that something more sinister is going on but can he work it out before it’s too late??

Rami Kahlon’s creepy drama blends mysticism and teen drama in a less cringy way than a lot of the bigger movies have attempted. I’m also in love with the spell work, it’s straight out of Mr Pickles.

The Rule of Three

 A woman attempts to overcome her OCD, but what starts out  as just a tick turns into an obsession and a totally consuming OCD, but during her attempt to fight, she’s subject to a terrible home invasion by three masked assailants.

This is a really chilling horror from a new meistero, Elwood Quincy Walker. There’s hints of Strangers, Stasis and The Purge in his dramatic psychological thriller as this poor woman attempts to stop doing everything 3 times for just one night to see what the consequences are.

The Rule of Three turns out to be a really sinister personification of overcoming a mental illness, much like the film Coil manages to do.

Night Crawl

Gregory Shultz has mixed the Shawshank Redemption escape scene with a very ugly and destructive monster. A couple of men think they have found the perfect escape route out of prison. However what they discover on the way makes them wish they had decided to just do their time.

The movie is incredibly dark, the pair have to dig their escape route at night and there’s so little light in the tunnel that the monster has to be a bigger pay off and it’s design and effect really blasts open the second half of the movie. It’s a prison escape from hell.

Colour of your Lips 

A really riveting story, told through amazing cinematography as the cast are mostly silent. A diver returns to the surface but is unable to breath, taking his catch and re-plugging into his oxygen he begins to walk along the road, noticing nothing but corpses along the way. Eventually he stumbles on a woman who’s cradling her dead partner, but she’s also hooked up to a tank of oxygen and has survived whatever has occured because of her “condition” which I think is her morbid obesity. Either way the two pair up and head into town to look for survivors.. but what will they make of each other and the crazy end of the world situation?

With the leads being hooked up to oxygen they can’t say much but take a light hearted approach to the end of the world. The use of slow motion and the fact an audience is starved of sound, all focus is on all of the movement of the fated duo, it feels like a music video, you can’t help but feel everything with them. Annick Blanc made a decision that the film is silent apart from music so you don’t even hear much atmospherics apart from breathing or the clicking of oxygen tanks, only breathing is audible. 

An engrossing and charming story that suggests a culture of excess is destroying its own oxygen levels, as well as looking deep into human condition and no matter how giving we are, at some point the need to survive will take over. it’s not exactly an arty WaZ it’s miles away from that but if you were faced with a similar situation, where would your choices take you.

YOUTUBE

The Most Radioactive Man in History  – Hisashi Ouchi

I’ve always had this morbid curiosity about radiation and it’s terrible effects on the planet and critters who live on it. While the stories about radiation leaks and mishaps are NEVER pretty this one is like Chernobyl X10 and all surrounding the untimely demise of one man.

The biggest fraud on Instagram – The Dan Bilzerian Saga

Oh boy this was fun. I first heard about this megachoad when I saw this amazing house with a helipad in a newspaper. I have this habit of searching through epic houses and my friend brought me a copy of the paper for my keen eye to give it once over. 

On doing my typical research I found out that the man who claimed to own it was just renting and couldn’t ever have that much cash in his possession the way he couldn’t play poker! ha ha!!!! If you ever wanted to see a fragile male ego slither down a drain, this is the place to start.

The Man in My Basement Moves One Step Closer Every Week 

If you like 5 hour creepy pastas then this is your game baby! It’s surprising that it does keep you wanting more but I have to admit I did split it up into 3 parts, but I had the best time working while listening!!

What starts as one of those CreepyPasta stories with lots of rules, it evolves much like Ted the Caver as the main protagonist brings to test his luck against the man in the basement. 

There’s a body in my living room but no one else can see it 

Another big ass epic creepy pasta about  a man who can see corpses appear in his house, but no one else can perceive them, but they do inadvertently step over them and move around them..  He’s perplexed about the corpses but then another strange entity turns up but this one is more maleovant, a head which seems to be feeding on the bodies.. giving

Blending horror and ancient folklore this story doesn’t stop giving little freaky chills along the way.

Hopefully you enjoyed this week’s list, if there are any short movies that you can recommend please let me know.

You can find a list of all my Short Movie Roundup’s here.

My Favourite  Short movies of 2019

Best Short Movies  of 2020

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